Conde Nast Traveler Magazine: 1 of 3 Best Ranches in America for a Real Working Ranch Vacation
Western Horseman Magazine: 1 of 15 Best Holidays and Riding Vacation to Book Today; Described as "one of the world's most spectacular and diverse landscapes."
Conde Nast Traveler Magazine: The Best Ranch Lodging and Dining in Colorado
ABC News: Featured on the Travel Show as a Top Learning Vacation Destination
America's Heartland TV Show: Featured as an Unforgettable Experience in the World of Agriculture
Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine: Featured in the National Treasures Venue Report
Gourmet Live: 1 of 4 Ranch Vacations for Food Lovers
Real life ranching and exploring the great outdoors is at the core of the programs that are offered at the Zapata Ranch. Ranchlands manages the Zapata and Chico Basin Ranches and have hosted guests from all over the world since 1999, developing special programs that bring visitors into the middle of ranch life by working side by side with the cowboys and cowgirls on the ranch; these activities are not staged - they occur whether guests are on the ranch or not. If groups have varied interests or do not want to spend all their time with the cowboys, they can take one of our trips into the wild to study the bison herds, or explore the sand dunes and mountain meadows.
Our programs are especially designed for people who want to learn about and experience nature, whether it be conservation, hiking or riding to view the unique geology and spectacular vistas. Some guests want to just relax in the historic lodge and soak in 14,000 foot Mt. Blanca towering through the tree tops, or hike up to Zapata Falls, five minutes away. Still others come to see the 2,000 wild bison that blacken the Medano meadows when they come together as one herd. This landscape is sometimes called the Rocky Mountain Serengeti because of the amazing diversity and abundance of wildlife. Photography or wildlife viewing safaris are part of the daily events, or they can be customized to meet your special interest.